Virtual background support for Linux
Please add support for using a virtual background on Linux.
Suggested initial level of support:
* Support using a green/blue screen to determine where to replace the background (i.e., simple overlay).
* Support using a user provided PNG or JPEG image for the virtual background.
Future level of support:
* Support blur or replace of the background without needing a green/blue screen (this would understandably require either a GPU for acceleration or a very high performance CPU).
* Support using a MPEG or OGG video for the virtual background.
Using V4L2 hardware acceleration (when available) would be preferred to doing everything on the CPU. If using the CPU, running the video processing on a separate thread would be preferable to doing the processing in an existing thread.
Thank you for your feedback. The team is looking into options on how to improve the Teams meetings experience on Linux.
It would be really nice to have virtual background support.
I've seen several reports where people say they've seen this feature in Linux - but that it disappeared. Microsoft have the resources to make this feature happen in the blink of an eye if they want to. So it all boils down to priorities, and why MSFT is not devoting resources to it (in case there's a technical problem) - or just plain switch it on again.
I guess the most likely cause is that Microsoft's DNA is to always ensure that Windows is better supported and has more features. Nothing exceptional about a big company putting their own interests firsts. Although it's annoying for Linux users. But they'll eventually just grumble and move on. After all - they're not using Linux for the smooth UI and slick user experience.
Linux is underserved in terms of good software. It would be great if Microsoft saw this as an opportunity.
David M commented
More second class service from M$
PLs add virtual Background feature in teams
Hi, please add this feature, there are many users who need it and are eagerly waiting for it. Pandemic changed our lives and we will continue working from home even when offices will be available again. Thanks for hearing out your customers!
Derek Strasters commented
Please help us developers out, I really don't want my peers seeing all the junk in room.
Any update on the status for this uservoice?
We are many Linux users who are getting frustrated with the lack of transparency when it comes to our (lack of) features.
I used Teams on my iPhone to access a meeting yesterday, and I noticed that I could have a virtual background, including blurring. How is it possible that I have access to this feature on my cell phone before Linux?
Enrique Malagon commented
Hi, we use Linux in our company and it is a key feature for us. Please , release it soon
We have a big team here using linux in the business, we need that feature, its a shame to having to fight to get the same features than on windows all the time #still-the-same-story
No update to the Linux Teams client since 29 March 2021 (and since there are no release notes, it is doubtful if that and previous such updates, included anything of significance; certainly nothing that improved functionality): https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/ms-teams/dists/stable/main/
As Microsoft, in their 'divide and conquer' approach decided to split the original UserVoice request to keep the Linux client updated, this comment will have to be reproduced across all three of the basic feature requests, amongst many, Microsoft chose to highlight.
Currently with all people who have to work in her homeoffice,
background blurring is a GDPR relevant feature, why is this not relevant for linux Users?
David M commented
Embrace, extend, extinguish. It's in their DNA.
Stephanie Holmes commented
It seems that a lone user can do it but MS can't...
parrot-4167 · Dec 30 2020 at 4:44 PM
Hi, I just published the code to replace the background with an arbitrary image on Linux as I needed same feature. I ran it on the GPU, didn't test it on CPU - hope it helps!
Ed Clement commented
Yeah, this one really needs to get implemented. I'm the only person at my company on Linux. Everyone else gets to set the company logo as the background for important external meetings. I'm involved with interviews and other external meetings occasionally and it looks ridiculous seeing my cluttered home office in the background...
Just do it. I'm forced to use Teams as a communicator - and background image or background blur is essential. No I'm not going to install or use MS Windows due to quite obvious reasons.
Jeff Nield commented
I'd really appreciate it if you could add the background image option to Teams. My employers have made it a mandatory requirement for meetings, which is causing me a problem now.
JUST DO IT. If you have a feature on windows, just implement it on linux.
LOL, instead of just start working on the implementation of the missing features as requested in https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/40324324-keep-the-linux-client-up-to-date-with-the-latest-f with more than 5,050 votes. We now have to vote again...
It took over a year to come with that impressing idea to split the features now into separate votes. Well done Microsoft.
Yannick Morin commented
Fractals to infinity! Hit 5000 votes, and you get to vote on blur, color, or image...
Matt Adams commented
Cool. You've "solved" the original feature parity request with separate requests to dilute the issues. I've gone ahead and voted on all of the new tickets but I feel like this is a way to try and get out of feature parity by just doing a few key things. For a company who ❤️ Linux, this seems a bit unloving...